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Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist
Height: 5'10"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Western Springs, Ill.
High School: Lyons Township


2015: Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Played in 18 matches … Totaled 22 digs and six service aces … Amassed a season-high three aces Oct. 4 at NC State … Picked up a season-high 13 digs Nov. 28 against North Carolina ... Graduated with a degree in Economics with a concentration in Finance and a certificate in Markets and Management Studies. 

2014: Appeared in a career-best 28 matches … Amassed a career-high 20 service aces … Registered two or more aces five times … Posted a career-high three aces in the season opener versus North Florida … Finished the season with 42 digs … Picked up a season-high four digs three times.

2013: Appeared in 13 matches … Took the court against LIU Brooklyn (8/30), New Orleans (8/30), then-No. 4 Minnesota (9/7), Utah State (9/13), South Carolina (9/14), Indiana (9/20), then-No. 16 Illinois (9/21), Virginia (9/27), Virginia Tech (9/28), Notre Dame (10/2), NC State (10/13), Syracuse (11/1) and Georgia Tech (11/16) … Picked up a season-high 15 digs in Duke’s win over then-No. 16 Illinois Sept. 21.

2012: Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Played in 24 matches during her rookie campaign ... Finished with 142 digs, averaging 1.75 digs per set ... Registered 10 or more digs on four occassions, including three matches with a season-high 13 digs ... Picked up 11 digs in Duke's 3-1 win over Northeastern Sept. 8 ... Totaled 13 digs against NC State (twice) and Maryland as well ... Also added eight service aces on the season.

High School: Four-year letterwinner and starter at Lyons Township ... earned both all-state and all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... also garnered all-area accolades all four seasons ... named to Chicago Sun-Times' list of area's top-50 volleyball players ... amassed 272 digs, 78 blocks and 53 aces as a senior ... junior season, totaled 376 digs, 65 aces and 63 blocks to go along with a .424 kill percentage ... named to USA Volleyball 17 Open All-Tournament Team ... selected to PrepVolleyball's Dandy Lions list as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior ... helped club team to a No. 8 national ranking ... member of the Spanish Honor Society as a junior and senior ... National Merit Commended Student ... member of the Astronomy Club ... Honor Roll student all four years.

Personal: Born Laura Kelsey Williams on November 28, 1993 in Chicago, Ill. ... daughter of Robert and Kimberly Williams ... mother played basketball at Adrian College (1983-84).


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